ORANGE/SULLIVAN COUNTIES – The State Department of Transportation is preparing for the anticipated heavier than normal traffic on Route 17, “the Quickway,” between Harriman and Bethel starting on Thursday for the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock music festival.
The event will be held at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the original site.
Construction at the beginning of the four-lane divided highway in Harriman, and in Goshen, for the Legoland theme park, is expected to be halted during the festival.
“Because of the anticipated traffic to Woodstock 50, the DOT has issued guidance that there can be no lane closures on Route 17 from 6 a.m., August 15 until 6 a.m., August 20,” said Legoland spokesman Matthew Besterman. “Since we also don’t close lanes during morning or evening rush, for us that means we will have no lane closures from 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 14, at 9 a.m., Tuesday, August 20th.”
The DOT has also placed temporary solar-powered signs alerting motorists to expect heavy traffic over the weekend.
Also, pavement markings have been repainted along lengthy stretches of Route 17.